Every time economic change occurs, a new billionaire emerges. These are the top 10 billionaires for 2012 according to Forbes Magazine.
Carlos Slim Helu: The Mexican business tycoon and philanthropist ranked as first richest person of the year in 2012. He has been ranked first for the past 3 consecutive years. He’s 72 years old and owns business’ worth $69.0 billion. The main source of his wealth is through Telemex, Grupo Carso and America Movil companies.
Bill Gates: William Henry Bill Gates III born on the 28th of October 1955. The legend of computers, chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest company of computers and software. For the past several years he has been consistently among the top richest men in the world. His net worth is reportedly $61.0 billions and he is 56 years old.
Warren Buffett: One of the American business tycoons born on 30th August 1930. He’s one of the most successful investors of the 20th century. Currently he’s the chairman, the main shareholder, and also the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He’s considered as by many to be one of the most influential people in the world. Warren’s net worth is $44.0 billion and he is 81 years old.
Bernard Arnault: French business man born on 5th of March, 1949. He is 63 years old and worth $41 billion.
Amancio Ortega Gaona: One of the biggest fashion executives in Spain and the chairman of the Inditex, a Spanish company of fashion clothing. He is 75 years old and is valued at $37.5 billion.
Lawrence Ellison: An American business man born on 17 August, 1944. He is the chief executive Oracle Corporation and has a net worth of $36 billion. Mr. Ellison is 67 years old.
Eike Batista: This Brazilian business man was born on November 3rd, 1956, and made his fortune from mining, oil and gas exploration. Currently, the chairman of EBX Group with an estimated wealth of $30.0 billions at the age of 55.
Stefan Persson: The Swedish business man is the chairman and main shareholder of fashion company H&M. He is valued at $26.0 billion and is 64 years old.
Li Ka-shing: One of the business men of Hong Kong, known as Asia’s richest, born on June 13th, 1928. Worth $25.5 billion. Source of wealth is Cheung Kong Holdings and his age is around 83.
Karl Albrecht: One of the richest business men in Germany, born on February 20th, 1920. The lead founder of supermarket chain Aldi. Currently he has been estimated at a net worth of $25.4 billion and his age is 92.